Committee Meeting [11th December @ 17:45] - Blaydon Room, Gateshead Civic Centre, 1st floor.

Walltown & Thirlwall Castle Sunday Walk : 15th December @ 10am - Those following Hadrian’s Wall from the west get their first appreciation of its awesome scale at Walltown. Perversely, a century of quarrying the whin sill dolerite has added drama to the scene by creating an abrupt high cliff at the end on the crag. Exploring not only one of the most rugged sections of the wall, this 8 mile (with 1,020ft of ascent) BLACK route takes in some of the countryside on both sides of the wall as well as visiting a medieval castle. Meet at Walltown Quarry, Glenwhelt Bank, Haltwhistle, CA8 7HF at 10am. Should you wish to join David Ellerington, Denise Searle & Jean Walker on this this event, please contact the Secretary in order to make an 'official booking' so that the event co-ordinator [David Ellerington] can both expect your arrival and include your details on the Attendance Record Sheet. Should you either kindly wish to offer to transport other prospective participants in your car on a 'car-sharing' basis or require transportation, please let the Secretary know when making a booking. However please note that although this Club event is FREE OF CHARGE, pre-booking still remains essential for Club indemnity insurance purposes (i.e. participation will not be allowed unless an 'official booking' has first been made via the Secretary). Please remember to bring enough food and drink for a lunch stop during the walk.

Sunday Walk : 5th January 2020 @ 10am - Full details of a suggested route will be appear in due course. Should you wish to join ? on this this event, please contact the Secretary in order to make an 'official booking' so that the event co-ordinator [?] can both expect your arrival and include your details on the Attendance Record Sheet. Should you either kindly wish to offer to transport other prospective participants in your car on a 'car-sharing' basis or require transportation, please let the Secretary know when making a booking. However please note that although this Club event is FREE OF CHARGE, pre-booking still remains essential for Club indemnity insurance purposes (i.e. participation will not be allowed unless an 'official booking' has first been made via the Secretary). Please remember to bring enough food and drink for a lunch stop during the walk.

Annual General Meeting [28th January 2020 @ 17:45] - Lamesley Room, Gateshead Civic Centre, ground floor.

Runswick Bay & Staithes : 1st February, 2020 @ 8am - Runswick Bay is one of the most attractive villages on the North Yorkshire coats and a paradise for artists and photographers. Its cottages perch randomly and almost precariously on a series of hillside terraces above the beach and the streets are little more than narrow passageways and flights of steps, which continually open up new vistas as they twist and turn between the close-packed buildings. Both Runswick Bay and Staithes are highly individual coastal villages: the former a picturesque jumble of cottages above a fine sandy beach, the latter an old harbour beside a steep-sided inlet, still with a strong Victorian atmosphere. The first half of the suggested 8-mile (with 475ft of ascent) BLACK walk from Runswick Bay to Staithes goes inland, following an attractive route across fields, by farms and through woodlands. The return journey is along a memorable stretch of the North Sea coast which affords spectacular views. The walk may be further extended by following the 7-mile RED cliff-top walk (with 655ft of ascent) around Runswick Bay to both Kettleness and Goldsborough along a disused railway trackbed. Should you wish to join Graeme Page on the minibus to Runswick Bay @ £10 per person, please contact the Secretary as soon as possible in order to avoid the possible disappointment of being placed on the 'reserve list'.

If you are prepared, if necessary, to use your car and thus enable more than 17 members to travel in Club transport to Runswick Bay, please let the Secretary know when making a booking. In return the car driver travels free of charge (worth £10) and very generous petrol expenses are also paid in order to more than sufficiently reward you for your much appreciated most kind offer; additionally, if the minibus proves to be either financially unviable or unavailable (for whatever on-the-day mechanical or minibus driver reason(s)), your most kind gesture may well ultimately prevent cancellation of what may have otherwise proved to be a most popular Club event.

Sunday Walk : 16th February 2020 @ 10am - Full details of a suggested route will be appear in due course. Should you wish to join ? on this this event, please contact the Secretary in order to make an 'official booking' so that the event co-ordinator [?] can both expect your arrival and include your details on the Attendance Record Sheet. Should you either kindly wish to offer to transport other prospective participants in your car on a 'car-sharing' basis or require transportation, please let the Secretary know when making a booking. However please note that although this Club event is FREE OF CHARGE, pre-booking still remains essential for Club indemnity insurance purposes (i.e. participation will not be allowed unless an 'official booking' has first been made via the Secretary). Please remember to bring enough food and drink for a lunch stop during the walk.

Ingleby Moor & Greenhow Bank 7th March, 2020 @ 8am - There is an exhilarating feeling on this fine 10-mile (with 1130ft of ascent) BLACK route across open, sweeping and remote North Yorkshire moorland. The walk recalls the heyday of the 19th-Century iron-mining boom and makes use both of an old coach road and a disused railway line. The views are superby throughout. There are only two climbs to be negotiated, and only one of these, up Ingleby Bank, can in any way be described as steep. The descent of Greenhow Bank is via the Ingleby Incline, down which wagons laden with iron ore were lowered until the line closed in 1928. Since closure of the line, Ingleby Greenhow has reverted from a busy and noisy industrial centre back to its pervious sleepy existence. Should you wish to join Graeme Page on the minibus to Ingleby Greenhow @ £10 per person, please contact the Secretary as soon as possible in order to avoid the possible disappointment of being placed on the 'reserve list'.

If you are prepared, if necessary, to use your car and thus enable more than 17 members to travel in Club transport to Ingleby Greenhow, please let the Secretary know when making a booking. In return the car driver travels free of charge (worth £10) and very generous petrol expenses are also paid in order to more than sufficiently reward you for your much appreciated most kind offer; additionally, if the minibus proves to be either financially unviable or unavailable (for whatever on-the-day mechanical or minibus driver reason(s)), your most kind gesture may well ultimately prevent cancellation of what may have otherwise proved to be a most popular Club event.

Sunday Walk : 29th March @ 10am - Full details of a suggested route will be appear in due course. Should you wish to join ? on this this event, please contact the Secretary in order to make an 'official booking' so that the event co-ordinator [?] can both expect your arrival and include your details on the Attendance Record Sheet. Should you either kindly wish to offer to transport other prospective participants in your car on a 'car-sharing' basis or require transportation, please let the Secretary know when making a booking. However please note that although this Club event is FREE OF CHARGE, pre-booking still remains essential for Club indemnity insurance purposes (i.e. participation will not be allowed unless an 'official booking' has first been made via the Secretary). Please remember to bring enough food and drink for a lunch stop during the walk.

Patterdale Long Weekend 12th to 16th March, 2020 - Claire has kindly organised a FOUR night stay (Thursday 12th, Friday 13th, Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th March, 2020) on the magnificent Patterdale Hall Estate. This 300-acre private estate is located in the breath-taking Ullswater valley, wrapped around the southern tip of Ullswater, England’s most beautiful lake. Ideally located at the foot of some of Lakeland's most magnificent and scenic mountains (Fairfield, Helvellyn, High Street, Place Fell & St Sunday Crag etc.) and, at the same time, for exploring by car the whole of the Lake District as it is within a short drive of Penrith, Keswick, Windermere, Ambleside, Bowness and Kendal. Should you wish to join Liz Beech, Lyn Boyle, Lynn Ford, Anne Marie Forster, Jane Gerono, Paul Gertig, Pauline Gertig, Ian Goodman, Natalie Goodman, Andy Nixon, Carol Lonsdale, Claire O’Sullivan, Neil Waite & Ronnie Willison on this event, please contact the Secretary as soon as possible so that, like Ian Storey, your name may be added to the 'reserve list' pending either additional accommodation being secured or a cancellation being received. Please note that after submitting your initial £55 payment, you subsequently decide to cancel your booking for whatever reason, you will regretfully remain liable for the full £75 cost of your bed unless it is subsequently possible to fully allocate all beds in all ‘Club Secured Accommodation’ (currently 14 beds - excluding upper bunkbeds).

Ingleborough or Pen-y-ghent from Horton in Ribblesdale 4th April @ 8am - Ingleborough rises as an isolated summit from an extensive plateau of limestone culminating in a fine series of scars. Once thought to be the highest summit in England, the mountain has a unique appeal with its distinctive flat-topped summit a feature easily indentifiable from as far away as Lakeland. A 10½-mile (with 2000ft of ascent) BLACK route via Clapham Bottoms to the summit is suggested. Pen-y-ghent looks like an ancient galleon with its two-tiered prow sailing purposely across the surrounding countryside, and drawing thousands to its summit each year. Although the lowest of the Yorkshire 'Three Peaks', it is the only one to entertain the Pennine way. An alternative 6-mile BROWN walk to the summit of Pen-y-ghent (with 1610ft of ascent) is also highly recommended. Should you wish to join Graeme Page on the minibus to Horton in Ribblesdale @ £12 per person, please contact the Secretary as soon as possible in order to avoid the possible disappointment of being placed on the 'reserve list'.

If you are prepared, if necessary, to use your car and thus enable more than 17 members to travel in Club transport to Horton in Ribblesdale, please let the Secretary know when making a booking. In return the car driver travels free of charge (worth £12) and very generous petrol expenses are also paid in order to more than sufficiently reward you for your much appreciated most kind offer; additionally, if the minibus proves to be either financially unviable or unavailable (for whatever on-the-day mechanical or minibus driver reason(s)), your most kind gesture may well ultimately prevent cancellation of what may have otherwise proved to be a most popular Club event.

St John's in the Vale 2nd May @ 8am - St John's in the Vale is so much more than a mere short-cut from Threlkeld to Thirlmere. Although in places bounded by fearsome rock walls, lines of access to the higher fells fortunately still remain available from Legburthwaite. Although obviously surrounded by much higher fells, High Rigg is in no way abashed by a lack of height and is both extremely rugged and at the same time like a whole range of fells in its own right. The suggested 7 mile (with 1375ft of ascent) BLACK route will visit the summits of both Low Rigg and High Rigg. The Dodds are situated at the northernmost end of the Helvellyn range and have something of a Jekyll and Hyde character. The summits of these fells are uniformely rolling and grassy, but the flanks falling into St John's in the Vale are often exceptionally rocky and in many places completely out of bounds to mere fell-walkers. Fortunately however, the summits of the Dodds and Clough Head may easily be achieved by following the suggested 9 mile (with 2870ft of ascent) GREEN route.

If you are prepared, if necessary, to use your car and thus enable more than 17 members to travel in Club transport to St John's in the Vale, please let the Secretary know when making a booking. In return the car driver travels free of charge (worth £12) and very generous petrol expenses are also paid in order to more than sufficiently reward you for your much appreciated most kind offer; additionally, if the minibus proves to be either financially unviable or unavailable (for whatever on-the-day mechanical or minibus driver reason(s)), your most kind gesture may well ultimately prevent cancellation of what may have otherwise proved to be a most popular Club event.

Scottish Week Trip 23rd to 30th May, 2020 - the ‘Visit Scotland’ 5-star awarded Bearnock Lodge, near Inverness has now been secured for the 2020 Scottish Week trip. Close by is the Glenurquhart forest and mountain bike trails. About five miles to the west is Cannich, which leads to the Glen Affric National Nature Reserve where there are lovely walks through ancient Caledonian pinewoods and across open moorland, providing the opportunity to enjoy all sorts of wildlife and unspoilt splendour. Also close by at Corrimony are chambered cairns and an RSPB bird reserve. Glen Urquhart itself stretches from the banks of Loch Ness westward towards the mountains of Glen Affric - a beautiful wooded glen with lochs and river that greatly rewards exploration on foot, cycle or horseback. The guaranteed maximum cost of a bed will be £250 per person, however this will reduce to £194 based upon 17 bookings or £205 based upon 16 bookings (i.e. the more duly confirmed bookings received, the cheaper the holiday will become). Should you wish to join Lyn Boyle, Kay Costello, Theresa Costello, Lynn Ford, Anne Marie Forster, Paul Gertig, Pauline Gertig, Ian Hammond, Carol Lonsdale, Malcolm McVey, Ellen Morrison, Mike Morrison, Claire O'Sullivan, Andy Nixon,  Ian Storey, Neil Waite & Ronnie Willison please contact the Secretary as soon as possible as only 1 x TWIN and one bed in all-male TWIN currently remain available. Beds will ideally be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and be confirmed by submitting the required £100 per person initial payment.

Crummock Water 6th June @ 8am - The unspoilt Loweswater village is set in a panoramic landscape to the south east of Loweswater lake. The village pub, the sixteenth century Kirkstile Inn, is a characterful building which provides a selection of cask ales, some of which are brewed on the premises. A 11½-mile BLACK (with 3372ft of ascent) linear route is suggested from top of Whinlatter Pass to Loweswater village via Hobcarton, Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head, Grasmoor, Wandope & Whiteless Pike before descending via the Rannerdale Valley in order to meet up with the minibus at Loweswater village. From Loweswater village, Mellbreak rises like some colossus, a Great Gable if ever there was one. Fear not, the suggested 8½-mile RED (with 2141ft of ascent) circular route around Crummock Water will involve a simply memorable visit to this infamous summit. With the north top under-foot the hard work is largely done, but the scenic delights roll on and on. The route first crosses the broad heather-clad saddle to reach the higher south summit, then descends to the beautiful Buttermere village via Scale Force. The return to Loweswater village is made via the very scenic eastern shores of Crummock Water.

If you are prepared, if necessary, to use your car and thus enable more than 17 members to travel in Club transport to Loweswater village, please let the Secretary know when making a booking. In return the car driver travels free of charge (worth £12) and very generous petrol expenses are also paid in order to more than sufficiently reward you for your much appreciated most kind offer; additionally, if the minibus proves to be either financially unviable or unavailable (for whatever on-the-day mechanical or minibus driver reason(s)), your most kind gesture may well ultimately prevent cancellation of what may have otherwise proved to be a most popular Club event.

2020 Evening Walks
27th April 13th July
11th May 10th August
15th June 14th September

2020 Sunday Walks
5th January 19th July
16th February 16th August
29th March 20th September
19th April 18th October
17th May 8th November
28th June 6th December

2020 Saturday Walks
1st February @ 8am Runswick Bay & Staithes 1st August @ 8am
7th March @ 8am Ingleby Moor & Greenhow Bank 5th September @ 8am
4th April @ 8am Ingleborough or Pen-y-ghent from Horton in Ribblesdale 3rd October @ 8am
2nd May @ 8am St John's in the Vale 31st October @ 8am
6th June @ 8am Crummock Water 28th November @ 8am
4th July @ 8am